Greene County


School board declines transparency request

The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek school board last week declined two requests from board member David Carpenter to increase transparency efforts. Carpenter asked that the board publish full meeting minutes and accompanying handouts rather than an abbreviated version. No one on the board would second his motion, so there was no vote.

Carpenter also suggested the board videotape its meetings so they could be broadcast or made available on request, but he did not make a formal motion. Board members Kathy Kingston, Elizabeth Betz and Mary Frantz argued the cost and effort outweighed the benefit. They said they wished more people came to board meetings, but few people do, and no one asks them for handouts or details. JEREMY KELLEY


School board to meet Wednesday

The Board of Education of the Xenia Community School District shall hold a special board meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Xenia Board of Education, 819 Colorado Drive.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the bond issue election results, what options are available, and how to proceed; and to discuss a board member vacancy and the process of how to fill the vacancy. No action is expected to be taken at the meeting. STAFF REPORT


Meeting to discuss traffic issues set for Thursday

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, to discuss the problem of cut-through traffic on Ohio Street. The meeting, which will have a presentation at 4 p.m., and the same presentation at 5 p.m., if needed, will be held at the Fairborn Government Center, 44 W. Hebble Ave., in the Fire Training Room.

Fairborn Engineer Don O’Connor stated that numerous complaints have been received by both the Engineering Division and the Police Department regarding high volumes of traffic using Ohio Street to gain access to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Gate 1-A. The increased traffic has been documented since the rerouting of State Route 444 in October 2012.

Beginning Nov. 28, temporary barriers will be placed closing Ohio Street at Broad Street for 90 days. This closure will be monitored throughout the duration, and depending upon how drivers adjust, barricades may also be placed closing Green Street and/or South Street. Notice will be sent to residents impacted prior to the streets being closed.

Any questions regarding this meeting can be responded to by calling 937-754-3055. STAFF REPORT


Annual holiday event Dec. 2

Fairborn’s Annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2.

Starting at 4 p.m. that day, Santa’s Candy Cane Lane will be open at the Fifth Third Commons at the corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue.

Children can participate in a number of free activities and have their photo taken with Santa. Pony rides are available for $1 per ticket. Carriage rides also will be offered at no cost and board at two different locations on Main Street.

At 6 p.m., the holiday parade will take off with participants being brought through town in lighted horse-drawn carriages. The last carriage will hold Santa, who makes his way downtown to light the tree. STAFF REPORT

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